Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving

You have just a few weeks to get everything together for Thanksgiving! Right now you have plenty of time before your family digs into a plateful of turkey, stuffing and pie, but you have to start planning. Gadgets and serveware can help you make it a perfect holiday meal so,  to make it easy for you, we put together a list of items you might need for dinner. Here is this week’s Lakeside Selection: Our Choice of Favorite Items of the Week for Thanksgiving. stoneware-bakeware

Keep It Covered This Glazed Stoneware Bakeware will have you cooking like a pro. The stoneware absorbs excess moisture while evenly heating food.The exterior features a deep red glaze, while the interior is unglazed, natural stone. The Covered Roaster (3.75 qt.) includes a lid to seal in flavor during cooking. The Baking Sheet (13-3/4″ x 9-3/8″ x 1-1/2″) is perfect for baking cookies, dinner rolls and more. The Pizza Pan (14-3/8″ dia. x 1″) gives every pizza a golden crust. Freezer, dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.1-second-slicer

Keep It Quick The 1 Second Slicer will quickly become your go-to appliance for every meal. From fruits and vegetables to meats and fish, now you can cut everything with one handy gadget. Get professional results in a flash and then serve, seal, stack and store all in one compact container. The chop function even features 1-button cleaning. Plastic and stainless steel. Dishwasher safe.

woven-kitchen towelsKeep It Colorful Add a character to your kitchen with this 14-Pc. Woven Kitchen Towel Set. Perfect for drying dishes, cleaning and more. Each towel is ultra absorbent with either a waffle weave or flat texture. The fun, bold colors add to your kitchen decor and show off your style. Cotton. Machine care. Imported.

buffet-organizersKeep It Compact Serving buffet-style becomes a snap when you use the Ultimate Buffet Organizer. It holds plates, napkins and utensils ready for your guests. It features a 3-tier construction with the bottom for 10-1/2″ dinner plates, the middle for 8-1/4″ salad or dessert plates and the top for napkins. It also has 4 utensil holders that hang off the sides. Can be used stacked, or taken apart and spread around the table. 19-3/4″W x 16″D x 15-1/2″H. Steel. Assembly required.ramekin-sets

Keep It Cute Make sure you always have the perfect bowl for serving and storing with this value-priced 12-Pc. Ramekin Set. Each bowl is equipped with a clear, snap-tight lid. They’re perfect for condiments, snacks, leftovers and more. You can even use them to bake single-serve muffins, cornbread and cakes. Bowls, 3-1/4″ dia. x 1-1/2″H. Hold 3 oz. Stoneware with plastic lids. Dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe. Bowls, oven safe.

5 Items You Need to Pull Off a Perfect Thanksgiving

Cooking Thanksgiving dinner is a challenge for even the most experienced host, but there are a few gadgets that can make things easier. Here are 5 items you need to pull off a perfect Thanksgiving.

countertop-protectorSave Your Counters! The 3-Pc. Countertop Protector Set won’t let a burn come between you and your favorite pots and pans. You’re going to need every inch of counter space to put your sweet potatoes, green bean casserole and pumpkin pie — with the Countertop Protector set, you can put hot pots and pans on the counter without putting it through the wear and tear of a big holiday meal.

microwave-cooking-setMagical Microwaving There’s only one of you and thirty dishes to make — you’re bound to look to your microwave for a little help. Make sure you’re cooking with the right containers — the 6-Pc. Microwave Cooking Set has the right container for just about anything you need to heat quickly to get everything done and on the table when the guests arrive for Thanksgiving dinner!

Lid-holdersHelping “Hand” You have stock simmering on one burner, another is keeping the gravy warm and the two remaining burners are reserved for cranberries and the butter for your pecan pie — they all don’t have to be covered at once, but you don’t have the space for the lid when it’s not covering the pot. The set of 4 Lid Holders gives an extra spot for your dripping hot lids when you don’t have an extra hand.

3-tier-cooling-rackCookies, Casseroles, Pie, Oh My! The 3-Tier Cooling Rack allows you to make use of vertical space for all your baked goods while they cool off when you don’t have extra counter space. It provides a safe place for fresh-from-the-oven goodies to cool, while allowing air to flow freely around them. This rack is made for big jobs — like Thanksgiving dinner — when you have a lot of hot stuff coming out of the oven and more stuff going in.

frosty-serverService with a Smile The Lighted Holiday Serving Stand is a festive piece for the dining room where it gets crowded — but with the 2-tiers for dinner and dessert plates and the built-in utensil holder, you’ll have plenty of room at the buffet for the Thanksgiving turkey and all the trimmings.

The Lakeside Collection has a variety gadgets and cookware to choose from — check out our housewares and dining section for more products to help you put together a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner.

5 Entertaining Tips Everyone Should Know

Party season is right around the corner, and we have some great party tips to make your next get-together memorably festive. Whether it’s your turn to host an office party, a birthday celebration or just a good excuse to have fun with friends, these tips will provide you with what you need for success.

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Pick a Theme

Holiday parties have a built-in theme, but even if you’re hosting a mid-week gathering for no particular reason, coming up with a concept for decorations, drinks and food can help you create a festive atmosphere. Luau and tiki themes are always hits for backyard barbecues, but don’t feel constrained to popular party ideas; you can go as wild as you like with your concept. Guests will be charmed with a Mardi Gras masquerade or a retro party with dishes and drinks from vintage cookbooks.

 

 

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Cook Ahead

When you get most of the cooking done ahead of time, you give yourself more freedom to enjoy entertaining. Instead of spending your party in the kitchen putting the finishing touches on some complicated dish, plan a simple, straightforward menu of foods you know your guests will love. You and they will remember the fun more than the food, so prepare something elegant and easy. Lasagna, roasted chicken and macaroni and cheese are a few possibilities.

Cookware that looks and performs beautifully, such as this set of three handled baking dishes, lets you assemble and store entrees or side dishes the night before and pop them in the oven shortly before guests arrive. They go straight from the oven to the dinner table, saving you another step and giving you more time to spend with your guests.

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Make It Inviting with Light

What makes a chic nightclub or formal restaurant special? In many cases, it’s the lighting, not the decor, that makes the difference. Try some special effects with lighting to make your next get-together magical. Outside, try stringing colorful paper lanterns or white fairy lights above your deck or patio. Interior spaces take on a beautifully warm and welcoming glow with candles. Kids and pets don’t always get along with candles, though, so choose child-friendly alternatives such as this electric pillar candle light string for part of your table design.

 

 

Create a Play List

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Music makes a party, and you have more options than ever for music that complements your theme. Internet radio stations have hundreds of stations with dozens of exciting musical genres from which to choose. You can even find music from favorite television shows or movies to play as background music for a season finale party or Oscar night. For holiday parties, look for unique takes on classics; an album of vintage Christmas music, for example, makes your party memorable and will get people talking.

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Appeal to All the Senses

You’ve already decorated, cooked and chosen the music, but don’t forget to make an impression on your guests’ noses. Bouquets of fresh flowers, incense or candle warmers have the staying power to perfume the air for hours without coming on too strong. For a dinner party, choose scents that go well with food and won’t overpower the meal, such as vanilla or spice fragrances. A summer cocktail party might call for something exotic and tropical.

Entertaining can be as much fun for you, the host, as it is for your guests when you plan. Start thinking about creative, fun party ideas today, and you’ll be set from now until the new year!

Ideas and Inspiration: Another Lakeside Resource

Ideas-InspirationAt Lakeside, you’ll find more than just products; you’ll also discover new ways to decorate, do it yourself, and design with our Ideas and Inspiration section. Our blog is a great resource, but with Ideas and Inspiration, you get an in-depth look at a phenomenal assortment of tips and suggestions. Learn everything from how to throw the perfect party to designer decorating secrets with our collection of insightful articles.

Family Fun

For families, the Ideas and Inspiration section gives you dozens of ways to have more free time, teach kids new skills and encourage creativity with arts and crafts. Find out how to involve kids in the kitchen, choose the coolest toys and pick activities that engage every child from toddlers to tweens. Each article goes into detail and gives you inspirations to spark your own creativity. Let this selection of feature articles be your secret weapon against boredom, and be that cool mom or dad who always seems to have something fun for the neighborhood kids to do. With Ideas and Inspiration, you’ll have countless ways to get kids involved in fun projects and educational activities.

Turning a House into a Home

You already know that Lakeside offers you a comprehensive catalog of items for your home and garden, but with our Ideas and Inspiration articles, you’ll discover new ways to use them. Find tips and tricks for transforming rooms with throws, get the latest on decorating trends and learn delicious new kitchen skills when you browse our selection of articles. After you collect some great inspirations for redoing a bathroom or organizing your closet, you’re just a click away from finding the tools you need to make your decorating vision a reality. Whether you need the right tools for the job or want the perfect accent piece for that blank expanse of wall, you can find it at Lakeside. We help you turn any house or apartment into a warm and inviting home.

Get Great Gift Ideas

Let our Ideas and Inspiration features take the uncertainty out of choosing a gift for that special someone. It’s tough to come up with fresh ideas for birthdays, holidays and other important events, but you can discover the ideal present with a little inspiration. Pick lists of gift ideas, browse book suggestions or even craft the perfect gift with the help of our guides. You’ll find plenty of suggestions along with links that make it easy to learn more or buy all the supplies you need. Be the one who always comes up with the best presents with gift ideas from Lakeside!

Organized and Easy to Use

Our Ideas and Inspirations is a reference with a difference: We give you tips and hints you can use now and organize them in ways that make them easy to implement. Each article is divided into sections that make lists, guides and how-to articles easy to follow. When you’re repainting your bedroom or baking decorator cupcakes, you don’t have your hands free to flip through lengthy guides, so we’ve made everything available at a glance. These articles are just your jumping-off point; they’re there to spark your own creative genius and let you act on it right away, not limit you with a laundry list of steps.

Fuel your creativity with our Ideas and Inspiration section and see where it takes you today!